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Malawi Professional Boxing Control Board (MPBCB) has said local boxers will benefit from the just-ended World Boxing Council (WBC) convention held in Miami, Florida, the United States.

The board’s President, Lonzoe ‘Defector’ Zimba, said he attended the convention, which with reputable organisations, tackled issues such as rating and international fights.

“We will see changes in how our boxers will be rated on Africa Boxing Union (ABU) rankings. Most of our boxers were not being rated because they were not in the system. Things will change now as long as we send information,” he said.

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Zimba added that local boxers will be able to vie for various international title fights because the board represented itself strongly during the convention.

“No wonder, as Malawi, we have been given an opportunity that our rising female boxer, Anisha Basheer, should face a Kenyan for the African Boxing Union belt. If our boxer wins, she will have a chance to challenge for a WBC Silver medal title,” he said.

He added that the issue was rather tricky for male boxers because they were many in the world and they go through ranking and elimination fights.

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“But that does not mean that our male boxers will not vie for international belts with reputable organisations such as the ABU and WBC. The chances are there but limited,” said Zimba, who attended the convention alongside No Pain No Gain Boxing Promotions Managing Director, Craig Rousseau.

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